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Filner, Aguirre Say Sempra's $100,000 Gift to Lincoln Club Smacks of Attempt to Buy Election

Congressman Bob Filner and City Attorney Mike Aguirre held a press conference in front of headquarters of Sempra Energy today (Oct. 31). They pointed out, as Matt Potter showed in the current Reader, that the utility holding company gave $100,000 to the Lincoln Club, which has historically served as a pass-through for money going to local Republicans. On the same state government form 460 on which the $100,000 was reported, Lincoln revealed that it had given almost $40,000 to support Goldsmith this month for such things as an email list, email blast, video production, radio, and slate mailer. The Lincoln Club has given almost $52,000 to Goldsmith thus far this year. The question is whether Sempra's $100,000 also went to him surreptitiously. (The $100,000 was not earmarked on the form.) At the press conference, Filner pointed out that the city attorney race is supposed to be non-partisan, but Goldsmith has turned it into a conservative Republican referendum, and Sempra appears to be facilitating the effort. Under Aguirre, the city attorney's office has been one of several entities suing Sempra for its role in the 2007 fires. (Public Utilities Commission investigators concluded that the SDG&E subsidiary of Sempra was responsible for 2 of the 3 major fires, and also charged that the utility attempted to obstruct the investigation.) Aguirre has also badgered SDG&E for its slow progress on putting emphasis on renewable energy. A spokesman for Sempra did not return a call seeking comment. Another Sempra official told the city attorney's office that the $100,000 was meant to influence two propositions.

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Congressman Bob Filner and City Attorney Mike Aguirre held a press conference in front of headquarters of Sempra Energy today (Oct. 31). They pointed out, as Matt Potter showed in the current Reader, that the utility holding company gave $100,000 to the Lincoln Club, which has historically served as a pass-through for money going to local Republicans. On the same state government form 460 on which the $100,000 was reported, Lincoln revealed that it had given almost $40,000 to support Goldsmith this month for such things as an email list, email blast, video production, radio, and slate mailer. The Lincoln Club has given almost $52,000 to Goldsmith thus far this year. The question is whether Sempra's $100,000 also went to him surreptitiously. (The $100,000 was not earmarked on the form.) At the press conference, Filner pointed out that the city attorney race is supposed to be non-partisan, but Goldsmith has turned it into a conservative Republican referendum, and Sempra appears to be facilitating the effort. Under Aguirre, the city attorney's office has been one of several entities suing Sempra for its role in the 2007 fires. (Public Utilities Commission investigators concluded that the SDG&E subsidiary of Sempra was responsible for 2 of the 3 major fires, and also charged that the utility attempted to obstruct the investigation.) Aguirre has also badgered SDG&E for its slow progress on putting emphasis on renewable energy. A spokesman for Sempra did not return a call seeking comment. Another Sempra official told the city attorney's office that the $100,000 was meant to influence two propositions.

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Excuse me while I yawn....it's kind of warm today and this story just doesn't have much punch to it...

Oct. 31, 2008

If Goldsmith took the $40,000 indirectly from Sempra with the understanding that if elected he would drop the lawsuit or mitigate its impact on Sempra, a crime may have been committed.

Oct. 31, 2008

It's dirty money not only for Goldsmith, but also for April Boling...see:

The Lincoln Club has turned into a money laundering organization for right-wing politicians. It should be investigated for criminal violations of the elections laws.

Oct. 31, 2008

It appears to me the Lincoln Club is more than a suspected money laundrying machine. The dots keep on connecting in such a way that it appears to keep a certain power in control.

Thanks to the great investigative reporting of Don Bauder and Mat Potter we are better informed, although it is difficult to comprehend unless one stays on the trail of this news on a regular basis.

Thanks to The Reader for the publication of the information. It seems the U.T. is reluctant to keep the public as well informed.

Thankful

Oct. 31, 2008

SDG&E is buying off our community... shock and dismay! Have you ever noticed that companies that have the most to hide "contribute" the most?

March 6, 2009

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